Board of Trustees

Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien is Chairman of the Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing cellular companies in the world. Mr. O’Brien is one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs with extensive investments across several sectors including international telecoms, radio, media, property, aircraft leasing, golf and other leisure interests. He founded the Communicorp Group which has a portfolio of media and broadcasting-related companies in Ireland and seven other European countries. Denis was Chairman of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland and is Chairman of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is on the US Board of Concern Worldwide. In 2000 he established The Iris O’Brien Foundation to assist disadvantaged communities in Ireland and internationally.

Kieran Mulvey
Kieran Mulvey is Chief Executive of the Irish Labour Relations Commission, Adjunct Professor of Industrial Relations at the National College of Ireland, and a Consultant with the International Labour Organisation and the European Union. He is a former general secretary of two teachers’ unions.

Noeline Blackwell
Noeline Blackwell is an Irish-based lawyer specialising in refugee law and is the Director General of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres), an NGO that provides free legal advice and services for those living in poverty. She is the former Chairperson of both the International Human Rights Trust and the Irish Section of Amnesty International.

David Sykes
David Sykes has worked for over 30 years in the financial services sector combining careers in banking and stock broking. He is a member of the Securities Institute.

Maria Mulcahy
Maria Mulcahy was involved with "People in Need" from 1988 – 2000. She was responsible for organising the RTE telethons, which raised €28 million. She was Director of Fundraising for the 2003 Special Olympics World Games and is a board member of Newstalk 106, The Iris O’Brien Foundation and the Digicel Foundation.

Jim Conway
Jim Conway is the founder of the Print and Display Group, one of Ireland's largest print companies, where he is now Chairman. Print and Display is one of Europe's market leaders in the screen, digital and litho production of outdoor poster, bus advertising and point-of-purchase materials. He also has a number of other media interests in Ireland and eastern Europe.

Mary Jane N. Real
Mary Jane N. Real is a founding member and former Coordinator of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. A lawyer by profession, she was part of establishing the Alternative Law Groups network in the Philippines. She is a long-time advocate of women’s rights having worked with women’s rights and human rights organisations in Asia Pacific and internationally including as Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.

Arnold Tsunga
Arnold Tsunga is Africa Director of the International Commission of Jurists. He was Executive Secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. He was a joint winner of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2006.